May 24, 2020 Subject:
They were on fire
I SO agree with others here- PITB is a barn-burner, a thing of magnificence and inspired genius...one of the best from '73 I've heard. Garcia explores some uncharted territory in the jam. I'm downloading it in spite of it sadly being a mere fragment.
March 20, 2020 Subject:
What a tease
A very poor-qual AUD used to circulate that went: x1x Bertha; Mexicali Blues; Brown Eyed Women; Looks Like Rain; Loose Lucy; Beat it on Down the Line; China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider; Jack Straw; Here Comes Sunshine; El Paso; Box of Rain; Tennessee Jed; Playing in the Band x2x They Love Each Other; Greatest Story Ever Told; Row Jimmy; Big River; Ramble on Rose; Me & Bobby McGee; Wave That Flag; You Ain't Woman Enough; Truckin'>Eyes of the World>Sugar Magnolia.
Apparently there was no encore. The show became more of a mystery after a Phil jam became the most common fragment. It was assumed that it was part of a Truckin'>Nobody's Fault Jam, until Nov. 2012 when the continuation into Sugar Mag was part of 30 Days of Dead, and we figured out it was coming out of Eyes. Anyway, it's not a NFJ: four descending major chords means a Feelin' Groovy (starts @5:54), whereas NFJ (played earlier, in a Truckin' sequence) is a blues jam in minor key. Light Into Ashes points out that this was the last random Feelin' Groovy Jam before it became part of China>Rider.
It's a total tease because it's a pretty interesting frag and, given the setlist, it may have been a stellar, 4-hour show (there are four jam songs in the 1st set alone). Or not. There are supposed to be remaining mysteries, and anyway it's Iowa (note how one person's parents went, were blown away and yet never went to another show!), so we can't expect many tapers. The Alembic system with which they were touring (this is the year before the Wall of Sound toured) assigned Phil's bass one channel per string, and it sounds like the mix at the board split these into left and right channels (in the 2nd set frag). That does not necessarily mean this is what the audience heard from the stacks this night (with the quirks of that year's system) but it's possible, given pictures of the '73 stage setup. If it was used that night, it probably wasn't as distinct in person as it would be on a SBD.
SOURCES: The sly_16051 for the end of the 1st Set. The Dead.net release of Eyes Jam>Sugar Magnolia. UPDATE: The owen_berger AUD mono frag, in better quality (needs +1% pitch), adds Wave That Flag, Truckin' and Eyes, so we now have a clearer indication of a great lost show. As a show frag it now totals 84min of B+ to B- from the 1st set (with a great Playin') and the must-hear 2nd set Eyes jam into Sugar Mag (SBD) plus the 2nd set AUD of Wave That Flag>Truckin'>Eyes first half (A to A-).
Overall = 4½ Stars (extant, collective frags)
June 27, 2019 Subject:
Encore, what encore?
I was at this show. As I remember it 45 years later and considering my condition at the time, there was no encore.
The band starting playing at about 7:30 and played for 2 hours.Took a half hour break and came back and played for another 2 hours. At midnight they turned on the lights(We thought it was the cops. Maybe you couldn't play Rock'n Roll on Sunday in Iowa.) At any rate, we thanked the band and left quite satisfied.
February 24, 2017 Subject:
Listen to the whistle of the evening train..
5 star system tough with this because what is here is Beautiful especially love the vocals in BOX, Jed and PLAYING
The jam in P.I.T.B is very nice indeed-great sound.
So i give it a 5 -still wanting MORE DEAD from this night!
January 11, 2017 Subject:
Anyone want to have an original T Shirt of this show?
I have exactly one authentic original printing extra super rare vintage 1973 t shirt from this show. XL. If anyone is interested in purchasing it, shoot me an email. Ceri_65@yahoo.com for more details. Peace
October 14, 2015 Subject:
i know it come out right
This is one hell of a Playin'.
Kreutzman's cymbals right up in your face, the way it should be.
January 11, 2015 Subject:
Bertha, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Loose Lucy, Beat It On Down The Line, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Jack Straw, Here Comes Sunshine, El Paso, Box Of Rain, Tennessee Jed, Playing In The Band
Set 2: They Love Each Other, Greatest Story Ever Told, Row Jimmy, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Me And Bobby McGee, Truckin' > Nobody's Fault But Mine > Eyes Of The World > Sugar Magnolia
January 12, 2013 Subject:
Great to be a Hawkeye
It was a wonderful night in Iowa City. Fortunately for us the Dead came around Iowa often in the early 70's. A magical show followed on 5/13/73 in Des Moines at the fairgrounds. But this night the fieldhouse was packed. The band was on. I had taken the bus to Champaign and saw the show 2 nights earlier. These shows show why '73 is my favorite year. Yes hopeully some day the rest of the show is found. You never know. As the recent finding of a couple of shows in '69 and '70 shows, it can happen. GO HAWKS!!
January 12, 2013 Subject:
Forget the El Paso fragment, but everything else here represents a mighty big tease - this is one of the most elusive of '73 shows out there. One day, hopefully, we'll see a full board emerge!
The Playin' is, yes, quite a creation.
February 24, 2012 Subject:
Nice work indeed.
Short recording, but sweet.
January 30, 2011 Subject:
let's find the rest of this show!
my folks went to this show -- their first & only w/jer -- back when they lived in iowa. they said it was fantastic...& they've been looking for it ever since. has enough research been done to state definitively that there's no complete recording of this show?
January 6, 2011 Subject:
Fall '72 and Nov. '73 have some absolute beasts, but i'm starting to maybe think all the best playin's were really in February '73: 2/15, 2/22, and THIS!
speechless, yet again...
March 23, 2010 Subject:
The one and only
August 10, 2005 Subject:
one of the very fine "playin" experiences..the truckin jam and "fault" are, well what the Dead are all about.download this.
March 9, 2005 Subject:
Playin is very hot, the University of Illinois playin and Eugene are my 2 favorites of all time - This one melts the mouth and the hands check out Jer with the wawa around 18:00 right before he re-enters Earth orbit. Pity this is so short.
January 4, 2005 Subject:
Your'e right! After one listen, this is my favorite version of Playing in the Band that I have downloaded. Peak form, definitive performance. Wow indeed.
August 5, 2004 Subject:
This version of 'Playin' smokes and the sound quality is A+.
Use it for some tasty filler at the end of a short CD. Giddyup.